Monday, July 16,2012
ORNL in the News

EM, UCOR Quickly Reconcile Oak Ridge Cleanup Contract

(Nuclear Decommissioning Report) At a ceremony July 12, 2012, Oak Ridge's Environmental Management (EM) program and its prime contractor, URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR), celebrated the completion of the site's cleanup contract reconciliation...The most substantial changes included the addition of the K-1070-B Burial Ground remediation at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), removal of the contaminated Tank W-1A at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and early execution of the K-27 Building decontamination and demolition project at ETTP...7/15


U.S. Department of Energy Taps NVIDIA to Build New Supercomputer

(Complex Tech) NVIDIA, the company behind the GeFore [sic] line of graphics processors, will soon be working on something a little more powerful. The U.S. Department of Energy given NVIDIA $12 million to explore exascale supercomputing...7/14 

Grant awarded to University of Texas Electromechanics may result in gasoline-free future

(The Daily Texan) The UT Center for Electromechanics, a center which specializes in energy storage and power-generating machines, is expected to receive $4.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to further research usage of natural gas to power cars and trucks...7/15

State & Regional

Tennessee women see rise in lung cancer deaths

(The Tennessean) Tennessee women who lit up Virginia Slims and other cigarette brands in the 1960s and 1970s as acts of liberation are dying of lung cancer more often than women of earlier generations...7/16


USDA moves to end questionable food stamp ads after criticism

(Fox News) The Department of Agriculture moved Friday to "cease future production" of certain advertisements that encourage people to go on food stamps, has learned, following criticism over what was described as an "aggressive" campaign to grow enrollment...7/13

IRSDemocrats threaten to go over ‘fiscal cliff’ if GOP fails to raise taxes

(Washington Post) Democrats are making increasingly explicit threats about their willingness to let nearly $600 billion worth of tax hikes and spending cuts take effect in January unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher taxes for the nation’s wealthiest households...7/15

East Tennessee

$4M gift to fund Tusculum science-math building

(WVLT) A Kingsport widow is giving Tusculum College nearly $4 million to honor her late husband, although the couple had no previous connection to the institution...7/16

energy & science policy

FY 2013 House Appropriations Committee’s Recommendations for USGS

(AIP) Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee released its report accompanying H.R. 6091, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill for FY 2013.  House Report 112-589 outlines funding and policy recommendations for the U.S. Geological Survey.

science & technology

Early Human Ancestor, Australopithecus sediba, Fossils Discovered in Rock

(Science Daily) Scientists from the Wits Institute for Human Evolution based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have just announced the discovery of a large rock containing significant parts of a skeleton of an early human ancestor...7/12

Million-year stoneMillion-year storage solution is set in stone

(PhysOrg) A sapphire hard disk can last one million years and resolve a problem worrying archaeologists. Thursday, Patrick Charton of the French nuclear waste management agency ANDRA, presented a way out of data storage problems, an information-engraved sapphire disk using platinum. The disk is being called the ultimate, if not ultimately unaffordable, HDD...7/13

Chicken Vaccines Combine to Produce Deadly Virus

(Science Magazine) Vaccines aren't supposed to cause disease. But that appears to be what's happening on Australian farms. Scientists have found that two virus strains used to vaccinate chickens there may have recombined to form a virus that is sickening and killing the animals...7/12

Other Stories

Vast F.D.A. Effort Tracked E-Mails of Its Scientists

(The New York Times) A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show...7/14

Shale will free US from oil imports, says ex-BP boss

(BBC News) The big growth in oil extracted from shale rock means the US will not need to import any crude within two decades, the former boss of BP has said...7/13